The University of Cambridge library has given its web pages a distinctly web 2.0 look. Their science pages still include the familiar metasearching across library databases, the library catalogue and e resources. There are now alot of RSS feeds – from external resources and also news from their departments, science blogs, and new books at the library. There is a live chat box for users to contact the library, as well as the usual list of contact methods. Users can use a word cloud to navigate to the page for their department.
It looks good, but visually there are almost too many feeds for my taste. Is this me, or do you just stop seeing what is there? It looks like a Pageflakes page, which I think if you haven’t designed it yourself is offputting.
I like the links to their own latest research and the focus on how to contact the library. Perhaps the way forward is to try to promote local blogs, local research, local projects, connecting people as well as the usual library resources. Not to mention information literacy related materials of course.